Sacked staffers take Safa to court

2014-04-27 15:01

Seventeen employees have taken the SA Football Association (Safa) to court in a bid to stall their impending retrenchment.

The staffers received letters of termination of their employment on Thursday, but they have dug in their heels.

On Friday, they took their case to the labour court and got a temporary order.

Safa contends that this is a ­ cost-saving measure, but the 17 say procedures were flouted.

David Lebethe, an attorney for the Banking, Insurance, Finance and Assurance Workers’ Union, said they had no choice but to seek an urgent court interdict after staff were given termination letters.

He said the court granted them the order and the employees should report to work tomorrow.

“The notice for dismissal is suspended until such time that the court pronounces otherwise. We will be back in court on May 6 and in between that both parties have to file their response,” said Lebethe.

“They decided the employees’ salary packages without consulting us and this culminated in the notice issued to our members. In their letter they said employees were required not to report for duty until the dismissal takes effect as from May 26 and they should not physically present themselves at work.”

Safa chief executive officer Dennis Mumble confirmed they were in the process of restructuring the organisation, saying it was unfortunate that some people had to lose their jobs.

He, however, declined to comment further, saying the matter was ­sub judice.

“I don’t want to comment on labour relations matters as it might be used against me in court,” said Mumble.

However, Lebethe has accused the organisation of treating staff unfairly.

He said the union had been having running battles with Safa and there seemed to be no end in sight.

“Safa has adopted union-bashing tactics and it looks like they were not happy to have signed the collective bargaining agreement, but we will not retreat.”

Affected departments include communication, competitions, national teams and refereeing.

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